BMW X1 - best small 4x4s
The BMW X1 is one of the best all-round small 4x4s on sale
BMW’s smallest SUV is more expensive than most other small 4x4s, but it’s abilities extend further.
The X1 sits in the growing compact premium crossover sector, duelling with the Mercedes GLA and Volvo XC40 and it’s the BMW’s sharp handling which helps it stand out. Whether you spec a front or four-wheel drive model, the X1 is fun to drive and the range of engines deliver a good mix of fuel efficiency and performance.
2019 saw a mid-life facelift for the second generation BMW X1 and the exterior changes were mild, although the interior gets a larger infotainment screen in higher-spec models - at 10.25 inches.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain from the MINI Countryman Plug-in Hybrid will expand the BMW X1’s engine line-up in 2020, providing an emissions free range of over 31 miles. Otherwise, there’s the usual mix of frugal yet punchy three-cylinder turbo petrol and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in 18i, 20i, 18d and 20d guises.
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- 54. MINI Countryman Don’t let the MINI purists deter you - the Countryman is a solid 4x4 with plenty of style and practicality
- 65. Mazda CX-3Mazda’s smallest SUV comes in the shape of the CX-3 and it’s a tempting offering
- 76. Jeep RenegadeJeep has an image built on iconic 4x4s and the Renegade does the brand proud
- 87. Fiat Panda 4x4A city car with four-wheel drive, the Fiat Panda 4x4 is a niche option but a good one
- 98. Suzuki JimnyThe new Suzuki Jimny is a talented off-roader which oozes personality
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